Why Do We Need the Holy Spirit?

Last time, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is. Now, we’ll examine why we need Him by virtue of what He does for all those who accept Christ as their Savior.

1. As we alluded to last time, He is involved along with Jehovah God and Jesus in the creation process of everything. (Jn. 6:63)

In the beginning God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. Gn. 1:1, 2. AMP

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Ps. 33:6 NASB

And, it’s an ongoing process:

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. Ps. 104:30 NASB

2. He brings to our realization the state of our sin and the need for salvation through Christ:

“And He when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged.” Jn. 16:8 – 11. NASB

Left to their own reasoning, most people cannot or will not recognize their own sin. We need the help of the Holy Spirit for better discernment concerning the condition of our souls, and to empower us to help the unsaved understand their plight.

3. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to Christ. See the apostle Peter making the declaration that He is a witness of Jesus and His doings and teachings, to the apostles and all other believers:

“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32 NKJV

“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but will speak whatever He hears [from the Father – the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.” Jn. 16:12 – 14. AMP

In fact, we cannot even begin to see Jesus for who He is nor testify about Him, without the Holy Spirit:

…no one can say, “Jesus is [my] Lord,” except by [the power and influence of] the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:3 AMP

4. Along with the blood of Jesus, the Spirit is integral to the process of our redemption, and was promised to us by Christ:

He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit… Titus 3:5 AMP

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Jn. 7:37 – 39. CSB

And because you belong to him (Jesus), the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Rm. 8:2 NLT

…God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the sanctifying work of the Spirit… 2 Thess. 2:13 AMP

And, it is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to evangelize with regards to that outcome, as our service to the Lord:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit]. 1 Cor. 2:12 – 14. AMP

Furthermore, we also testify our redemption by living out our transformative behaviors – empowered by the Spirit:

…the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control. Gal. 5:22-23. AMP

…walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. Gal. 5:16 CSB

5. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us forms the space where He can channel Christ through us as well:

May He (Jehovah) grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. Eph. 3:16, 17. AMP

And that, makes us redeemed children of God as we saw in section 4 above:

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] the we [believers] are children of God. Rm. 8:15, 16. AMP

6. The Holy Spirit guides you to your eternal destiny:

…if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rm. 8:11 NASB

So, we have seen that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead that comes to live within us when we accept Christ as our Savior. He is a major part of every aspect of our spirituality, as well as being vital to our very lives – at inception, now, and eternally.

Thank our Lord Jesus Christ for petitioning the Holy Spirit for us, and thank our Creator, Jehovah God, for granting that petition. Thank all three for preparing us for eternity, as we briefly discussed in #4 above, regarding the Holy Spirit baptism. That discussion was very concise due to me trying to keep the length of this post manageable. It requires an in-depth review in and of itself. Next time…

Goodnight and God bless. 

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Two-Sided Salvation

I don’t mean that salvation has a double meaning. You are either saved or you’re not. What we will examine here is the state where you find yourself before you are saved (that which may drive some to finally seek salvation), and the transformed reality we step into once we receive it.

We are all born into sin:

…sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to all people [no one able to stop it or escape its power], because all sinned. Sin was [committed] in the world before the Law [was given], but sin is not charged [against anyone] when there is no law [against it]. Yet death ruled [over mankind] from Adam to Moses [the Lawgiver], even over those who had not sinned as Adam did. Adam is a type of Him (Christ) who was to come [but in reverse – Adam brought destruction, Christ brought salvation]…through one trespass [Adam’s sin] there resulted condemnation for all men…through one man’s disobedience [his failure to hear, his carelessness], the many were made sinners… Rom. 5:12 – 14, 18-19. AMP

Adam’s sin thrust itself generationally upon all of us. Its grip takes hold as soon as we become aware of the Mosaic Law (the foundation of which is the Ten Commandments), when we become of an age where we can grasp right from wrong, at that moment when we tap into that same Law that God put in all of our hearts:

“I will put My law in their minds and write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…for they shall all know Me…” Jer. 31:33, 34. NKJV

Just how important is that Law?

“For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days…” Dt. 32:47 NASB

We are born in sin, born in and bound by the Law until we receive the grace of God’s salvation through Christ; and we have this Law divinely implanted and innately available. Our obedience to this Law is tantamount to the quality and length of our lives.

Furthermore, add this to the mix:

“…it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times…This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they may grasp Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us.” Acts 17:25 – 27. AMP

“…God overlooked and disregarded former ages of ignorance; but now He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old ways of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives], because He has set a day when He will judge the inhabited world in righteousness…” Acts 17:30, 31. AMP

So, God put an innate hunger in us that leads us to seek out our Creator. Further, He asks us to line up with Him, in order to be saved from His judgment that He will serve upon those who don’t.

Our hunger for answers show up as, ‘Who am I? What am I? Who created me? What is my purpose? What happens after I die?’

You can see how our ‘unsaved experience’ can cause one an enormous amount of consternation.

Our initial instinct, (thanks to Adam) is to seek out answers through the flesh, adding more sin to our dilemma. We feel condemned because of the Law God placed in our spirit that revealed our sin nature. We sin some more to assuage the feelings we endure, because of our condemnation, and we draw into ourselves to hide from what we may assume is an avenging God.

The Law was a gift of mercy. It showed us what was right and wrong. All we had to do was obey it, perfectly. Unfortunately, that has proved to be humanly impossible. So, the Law condemns us to death for disobedience. It promises us an eternal life yet doesn’t reveal a workable path to get there. But what God was trying to get us to see through the Law, was our immediate need for salvation – forgiveness to deliver us from the hopeless condition created by our Law-breaking.

I say ‘immediate need’ because we have no idea when we will depart from this earth; and if we haven’t embraced Christ before that time, we don’t get to ride that heavenly bus.

What God is doing through the conviction of the Holy Spirit is to reveal these things, so that we might be led to a genuine repentant state and take on a humility of the heart.

God sends His children out into the world with the gospel message, preaching His grace and loving-kindness in sending Jesus to save the hearers from condemnation through their having faith in who Christ is and what He’s done. And who is Christ? Is He not the author of our faith? (Heb. 12:2) He freely supplies the faith that you need.

The flesh has a far greater tendency to cling to the Law and reject God’s promise through Christ. Thus, we grab hold of the faith in our spirit and declare that our sin-debt, our death-debt, has been paid by the Son of God: “I have forgiveness of sins through Christ, having faith that He has transformed me from within.”

On the other side, when we receive our salvation, been forgiven our sins, we also have to take on living in a godly way to the best of our ability. Jesus will then bridge the gap where we fall short. In addition, we need to stay connected with God through His word, prayer and meditation so that we can know His will and realize what actions we need to take.

We need to take our minds off of ourselves and live a loving life of servitude. Our spiritual perfection only comes when we forget about perfecting ourselves, amassing possessions and follow in the footsteps of Christ.

We can then release ourselves from the concept of ‘mine,’ knowing that everything belongs to God in Whom we rest; thus, everything is ours without having to fret over the ‘rightful ownership’ of it.

Indeed, we are at our most free when we love God and accept His love and peace, even if we don’t see it manifest in the world. It is there in our spirit. God facilitates our reconciliation with ourselves, so that we may return to that wonderful person He made us to be. When we achieve this reconciliation, we are also one with Him. Then our old battles within can cease…

To be continued.

Goodnight and God bless.